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Handle Basket, c. 1910

Leopold Museum,
Bronzed metal
20.7×18.7×17.8 cm


  • Hans Ofner

    (St. Pölten 1880–1939 Salzburg)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Basic geometric shapes and bodies like rectangle, square, oval, and sphere define this compact brass handle basket. With its reduced design vocabulary, it seamlessly aligns with other designs of Viennese Jugendstil, the Wiener Werkstätte and in particular the school of Josef Hoffmann (1870–1956). As the object has no marks, its maker cannot be unequivocally identified. The design may possibly come from the St. Pölten, Lower Austria, based architect and designer Hans Ofner (1880–1939). He studied at the Vienna Arts and Crafts School under Josef Hoffman between 1903 and 1906 and is considered an independently working yet faithful pupil of the co-founder of the Wiener Werkstätte. Ofner’s designs were produced by the two most important local metalware manufacturers, Argentor Werke Rust & Hentzel and the company of Wolkenstein & Glückselig. A glass inset bowl for sweets that this piece of tableware once presumably contained is missing today.

Object data

  • Attributed to: Hans Ofner
Handle Basket
c. 1910
Art movement
Art Nouveau
Arts and crafts
Bronzed metal
20.7×18.7×17.8 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 4414
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Conservation patron
Gertraude Kabelka

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (1994)

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